Stachys the Apostle

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Stachys the Apostle
Bishop of Byzantium
Installed 38
Term ended 54
Ordination by Andrew the Apostle [1]
Personal details
Denomination Eastern Orthodox Church
Stachys, Amplias, Urban (Menologion of Basil II)

Stachys the Apostle (Greek: Στάχυς "ear-spike"), (? – 54), was the second bishop of Byzantium, from AD 38 to AD 54. He seemed to be closely connected to Saint Andrew and Saint Paul. Eusebius quotes Origen as saying that Andrew had preached in Asia Minor and in Scythia, along the Black Sea as far as the Volga and Kiev, hence he became a patron saint of Romania and Russia. According to tradition, Saint Andrew founded the See of Byzantium in 38, installing Stachys as bishop (the only bishopric in that neighbourhood before that time had been established at Heraclea). This See would later develop into the Patriarchate of Constantinople, having Apostle Andrew as its Patron Saint. It was not clear if Stachys was the same person whom Paul calls "dear" in the Epistle to the Romans (Rom. 16:9).

His feast day is on October 31.


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External links

  • "Stachys the Apostle". Official site of the Ecumenic Patriarcate of Constantinople. Retrieved Apr 2, 2011.
  • "Byzantium and the Roman Primacy".
Titles of the Great Christian Church
Preceded by
Saint Andrew the Apostle
Bishop of Byzantium
Succeeded by

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